The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Topreserve rare animals and species threatened with extinction. Prominently featured in the collection are animals from the Land of Israel, with special emphasis on those species mentioned in the Bible. To develop and conduct educational activities and outreach programs that will cultivate and nurture the values of nature conservation and wildlife protection among the general public; to enhance public awareness of environmental issues and encourage a love of animals. To create a rich and diversified recreational atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, which subtly promote an appreciation of nature and of the environment. To conduct research that involves the preservation, breeding, ...
Dec 9, 2014

Let's play tag!

A tagged Diving Duck ready for release
A tagged Diving Duck ready for release

Following on this year’s successful release of 32 Diving Ducks into the wild in Israel, our Avian Team at the Zoo is now in the midst of grooming 26 more hatchlings who have reached maturity to be released into the wild:

  • The Israel Nature and Parks Authority has granted formal permission for us to release individuals in the Gibeton Nature Reserve near Rehovot and so 13 ducks will be released there over the coming months. Stay tuned for an update on this release.
  • 13 Diving Ducks will also be released into the Hula Valley Nature Reserve – a swathe of wetlands in the north of Israel that serves as a haven for millions of migrating birds every year. We have received favorable reports of the ducks already released in this area from Israel Nature and Parks Authority rangers and so we are very optimistic about the second release.

The remaining breeding core reside in our Marsh Aviary Exhibit and we are hopeful that they will continue to produce more adorable ducklings so that we can continue to bring these beautiful and important birds back to Israel’s aquatic habitats.

Did you know that our Diving Ducks are tagged using a special method developed in Europe? The tags are attached to the bills rather than to the feet to enable monitoring of individuals from afar because otherwise the ducks’ legs are not visible while swimming in the water. This tagging method does not hurt the duck nor does it interfere with feeding, breathing or any other bodily function.

Thank you all so much for being a part of this project’s success. We hope to bring you more good news in our next report.

Warm Regards,

Nicole and the Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo

Tagging the ducks using a special protocol
Tagging the ducks using a special protocol
The Enot Gibeton Nature Reserve
The Enot Gibeton Nature Reserve
These ducklings are now all grown up!
These ducklings are now all grown up!

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Dec 9, 2014

Winter News from Sea Israel

Visit our new website!
Visit our new website!

Hello Sea Israel Supporters! We’re back with a Winter update:

Construction Update

  • Construction has been advancing at a rapid pace with most of the outer shells in place with the major buildings.  Unfortunately, Jerusalem had an unseasonably high amount of rainfall at the start of the rainy season and we have experienced more flooding and drainage issues at the construction site in spite of the advance preparations made (including ground preparation, rock work, landscaping and additional reinforcement of the retaining walls).
  • In addition, a contractor has been selected for the installation of the life support system and work will begin on this important aspect in the near future.

Education Update

  • The new Window on the Mediterranean educational website has received almost 1,000 visitors since it launched in September. The site provides a variety of educational content on the Mediterranean Sea for all ages including write-ups, videos, cartoons, and more. Click through on the link provided below to take a look and get started on learning more about the Mediterranean Sea and all of its extraordinary creatures!
  • In addition, a comprehensive education plan for the Sea Israel Aquarium has been compiled by our expert team of educators and marine biologists. Visitors to the future aquarium will learn about the importance of the world’s oceans, seas, lakes and rivers in a variety of interesting and fun ways.

Moving Forward

  • We anticipate completing construction by the beginning of 2016. Some major challenges still lie ahead - such as tank design and theming; installation of the life support system; and system testing.
  • We are also in the midst of planning the exhibit educational material and mechanisms including signage and interactive experiences. Stay tuned for more on this later.

Please continue to spread the word about the Sea Israel Aquarium – Israel’s first aquarium and an essential educational tool to raise awareness of the challenges facing our aquatic habitats. We are looking forward to finalizing the project during the course of 2015 – the best is yet to come!

Warm regards,

Nicole Wexler and the Zoo/Aquarium Team

Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
Developing the Aquarium Education Plan
On-site progress review
On-site progress review
The construction team hard at work
The construction team hard at work
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall
Some site flooding as a result of heavy rainfall

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Nov 26, 2014

The winter rains have begun

Looking forward to a greener future
Looking forward to a greener future

Thanks to wonderful supporters like you, the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem has now raised $850 USD towards replacing the many trees lost in the December 2013 blizzard.

As all the gardeners out there will know, we were unable to plant any new trees during the summer months as conditions are too dry for transplanted trees to survive. Throughout the Fall, we planted single trees here and there where we were confident of their chances of survival. The winter rains have now begun and we are hoping for optimal conditions in which to plant our next round of trees in the Spring. We are also hoping that the unusual weather conditions that led to last year's blizzard will not repeat themselves this year (we are told that this is unlikely as the ferocity of that storm was very unusual for Jerusalem).

We are in need of further funding to purchase more new trees - especially mature trees - because the damage to the Zoo’s vegetation was serious and recovery will take many years unless we can minimize the loss of shade and other benefits that were lost along with the many mature trees that fell in last year's blizzard.

Thanks to your ongoing generosity and support, we are making progress.

With thanks and warm regards,

The Biblical Zoo Team

The dry Fall season is behind us
The dry Fall season is behind us
Winter rains arrive in Jerusalem
Winter rains arrive in Jerusalem

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